Covering America: A Narrative History of a Nation's Journalism

Covering America: A Narrative History of a Nation's Journalism

by Christopher B. Daly
ISBN-10:
1558499113
ISBN-13:
9781558499119
Pub. Date:
02/29/2012
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press

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Overview

Covering America: A Narrative History of a Nation's Journalism

A lively history of American journalism from the colonial era to the present day

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558499119
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date: 02/29/2012
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 122,023
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Christopher B. Daly, a veteran journalist, teaches journalism and history at Boston University. He is coauthor ofLike a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World, which won the Albert J. Beveridge Award of the American Historical Association and the Merle Curti Award of the Organization of American Historians. For more information, see his website, www.journalismprofessor.com.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

Part 1 The Press, 1704-1920

1 Foundations of the American Press, 1704-1763 Franklin and His Contemporaries 11

2 Printers Take Sides, 1763-1832 31

3 Putting the News in Newspapers, 1833-1850 56

4 Radicals All! 1830-1875: Covering Slavery and the Civil War 86

5 Crusaders and Conservatives, 1875-1912: Journalism in Yellow and Gray 112

6 Professionalizing the News in Peace and War, 1900-1920 151

Part II The Media, 1920

7 Jazz Age Journalism, 1920-1929: Magazines and Radio Challenge the Newspaper 185

8 Hard Times, 1929-1941: Three Great Columnists, Two Great Reporters, One Horrible Decade 215

9 The "Good War," 1941-1945 255

10 Creating Big Media, 1945-1963 287

11 Rocking the Establishment, 1962-1972 322

12 The Establishment Holds, 1967-1974 352

13 Big Media Get Bigger, 1980-1999 395

14 Going Digital, 1995- 435

Conclusion 455

Appendix: Major Periods in the History of U.S. Journalism 463

Notes 465

Bibliography 499

Acknowledgments 517

Index 521

What People are Saying About This

Douglas Cumming

A comprehensive, fresh telling of an important dimension of American history. Covering America adds shape and new understanding to the intriguing stories many of us know as myths of origin, from Ben Franklin's escape from printer's devil servitude to biographies of such greats as David Halberstam and H. L. Mencken. Daly is skeptical enough to dig into the facts behind the legends, but happily he is not on a debunking crusade. His obvious faith in journalism as an honorable estate (as Louis Rubin calls it) and learned profession (as Robert E. Lee tried to envision it) comes through.

Bruce Schulman

This is grand narrative as it should be — deftly balancing nuanced and consequential portraits of individual characters (Mencken, Luce, Hearst, Winchell, Lippmann) with compelling accounts of the big developments.... I learned much from it and I truly enjoyed it.

Mark Bowden

Covering America is extremely well written and comprehensive, and I love its focus on the personalities who shaped American journalism, particularly its attention to women and African Americans.

From the Publisher

Covering America is extremely well written and comprehensive, and I love its focus on the personalities who shaped American journalism, particularly its attention to women and African Americans.

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